Vietnam Travel Route

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

By Gorden Cheng - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

For united states citizens we are able to obtain a thirty day visa for Vietnam.

Also, don't forget to double check the weather before booking your ticket.

This is the route we took to explore Vietnam. We flew in from Taiwan and landed in Hanoi. For more information about Vietnam, here's our other travel Vietnam article.

30 days, 9 cities

Here's the route in more detail

Everyone going to the night market in Hanoi

5 days in Hanoi

Beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay

3 days in Bai Tu Long Bay

Hanoi → Bai Tu Long Bay (Ha Long Bay)

Swan Cruises, booked a 3 day 2 night cruise by local travel agent in Hanoi (Lily's Travel Agency). The cruise included transportation from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay via shuttle.

Home-stay will the hill tribes in Sapa

3 days in Sapa

Bai Tu Long Bay → Sapa

Overnight sleeper bus (Inter bus), arranged by local travel agent in Hanoi. Don't expect luxury from the sleeper buses in Vietnam, we barely got any sleep on the ride up to Sapa. The bus back to Hanoi was also booked via the local travel agent.

Open market in Hue

2 days in Hue

Sapa → Hue

Overnight bus, very long bus ride (long bus rides usually have a toilet on board). Some overnight bus rides will make a pit stop at a large complex that has food, souvenirs, and bathrooms. This bus was arranged by local travel agent.

Dragon bridge in Da Nang

2 day in Da Nang

Hue → Da Nang

Open bus ticket (Queen cafe open bus). We bought a booklet of open bus tickets for the rest of our stops (~$42 for two people). This allowed us a more flexible schedule in case we wanted to stay in a city longer or shorter. Before leaving Hanoi we bought the open bus ticket booklet from the same travel agent.

Hoi An, ancient city.
Hoi An, ancient city.

2 days in Hoi An

Da Nang → Hoi An

Open bus ticket. At the least, one day before you intend to leave, visit the open bus ticket office, let them know when you are leaving, and the staff there will make the reservation for you. Each city will have a bus office, and a bunch of travelers waiting outside.

Nha Trang, vacation spot for Russian tourists.

2 days in Nha Trang

Hoi An → Nha Trang

Open bus ticket. Always double check the time the bus leaves, there is a set schedule. Sometimes we woulnd't have to wait long after we checked out from our accommodation, other times we would have hours to kill, leaving us with some extra time to explore the city more.

Ocean side town of Mui Ne.
Ocean side town of Mui Ne.

2 days in Mui Ne

Nha Trang → Mui Ne

Open bus ticket. Queen cafe is a great example of, you get what you pay for. It is a very affordable way to travel Vietnam, and one great experience to tell your friends!

Ho Chi Mihn City
Ho Chi Mihn City

2 days in Ho Chi Minh City

Mui Ne → Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Open bus ticket.

Ho Chi Minh City → Moc Bai / Bavet border crossing into Cambodia.

Giant Ibis bus company. Ticket purchased online ($19.00/person).

There are many other ways to travel across Vietnam. The open bus was our choice because it was the most budget friendly.

Other ways to commute across Vietnam: Train, Airplane, Taxi, Car, Motorcycle (which we want to do when we go back!), boat, and bicycle.

Click here for a list of the most popular routes in Vietnam and how to get there.

Open bus ticket booklet

Destinations you can travel to using open bus tickets

The luxurious sleep buses :p
The luxurious sleep buses :p

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